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The Doppel 3 has a 42mm stainless steel case and a dual anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Horlogerie-Suisse special edition features a white dial with beautiful blued steel hands and markers, easily my favorite combination on any Doppel chronograph to date. The white and blue coloring gives the already-vintage design of the Doppel 3 chronograph the look of a marine chronometer, which works nicely with the bullhead-ish look of the case and pushers.
The interesting bit is that the computational system tells you how many years ago the event took place via two dials in the middle of the main dial (assuming the event was a maximum of 99 years ago). Also, there appears to be a hand in the month indicator dial that indicates when the next anniversary is coming. So that part acts as a reminder. Though to be honest, I am unclear about exactly how the reminder function works because it isn't ever really explained by Lang & Heyne.
For me, the town of Glashutte, Germany is the epicenter of traditional function-focused German watch making. From there I expect to see ice-cold tool watches with a traditional twist, and a heavy emphasis on functional utility. A few years ago we started to see more themed or nuanced designs that broke that traditional mold. Gashutte is still very much about utility-themed, high-end timepieces, but we've come to allow a bit more whimsy in their offerings. The Senator Sixites Panorama Date is a good example.
Also, lugless case tend to wear smaller. Lugs add a lot to the size of a case, and without them even larger watches appear smaller. Further, people often like the look of a watch whose lugs extend to the end of their wrist, and with lugless cases that often isn't possible. Another consideration is the width of the strap or bracelet itself. In order for a watch to have a "beefier" feel the strap should be wide. This is often doubly important on lugless case designs as the concept can make even wide straps look narrow given the abrupt transition from case to strap.
Hi, I am looking into the world of watches and probably intend on buying one in the coming few years. I want to wear it every day without worrying too much. On various blogs, forums, websites I read that magnetic field are probably a watch's worst enemy, mainly due to them being invisible. Several watch companies (Omega, Rolex, IWC, Vacheron Constantin) offer models with some sort of protection against magnetic fields.
Of the three Spherotourbillons we will be looking at today, two are based on the Duometre Spherotourbillon wristwatch. In short, what Duometre stands for is the "dual-wing concept" of the movement, meaning that it uses two mainspring barrels that serve different purposes. One is meant to power the regulation system of the watch (the tourbillon in this case), and the other is meant to power the functionality of the watch. This concept helps reduce amplitude errors and is meant to make the watch more accurate over time. For more details check out our hands-on article here.
Why silicon? Well the nature of silicon means that it does not require lubrication, is not effected by changes in temperature, does not react to magnetism, and is extremely stable. These are all benefits over traditional metal hairsprings. It was long believed that Rolex would never adopt silicon for use in their hairsprings even though it was known they had the technology to do so. Does anything make their silicon hairsprings different from those offered by other brands? According to Rolex yes. The Syloxi hairspring is covered by a number of patents, related to how it is produced, to how the hairspring is attached to the balance wheel. Rolex seems to promise that these are probably the best performing hairsprings they offer (and of course the 2236 movement is COSC Chronometer certified). While the Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 34 watches are high-end ladies pieces, it is possible that Syloxi will find its way into other Rolex models soon. rolex.com
Are watch prices are too high? Of course, as a consumer it is easy to feel that way, but as an economic question, it is a matter of determining if the market can bear current price levels. So are watch prices too high for the market to bear? Yes, it seems. One of the things that we have seen in 2014 is a subtle lowering of prices, of course, in addition to an expected increasing of prices. How are prices lowering? Brands often do this by releasing new models at more entry-level price points. Even the most admirable ultra luxury brands are focused on new "entry-level price points." That doesn't meant they are cheap, but it means that brands are realizing that pricing was getting a bit too ambitious.
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Technically speaking, the DTE is very much like the DBG in that each dial for the time has its own gear train and own escapement. That means each of the dials can be independently set to the minute and the two tourbillons each actually do something. This is in contrast to some other double tourbillon watches where the duo of tourbillons more or less serves as mechanical art. In this case the movement is separated into two gear trains that feed off the same mainspring barrel so the system makes much more practical sense.
Eleven James CEO Randy Brandoff came up with this idea long before he left NetJets as its Chief Marketing Officer. Eight years ago, he thought about "luxury collaborative consumption" or "an alternative to outright ownership," because he saw Marquis Jet and NetJets give broad access to all the people who wanted to partake, without writing a check for million for a Learjet. Lucia Reisch, a professor of consumer issues at the Copenhagen Business School was recently quoted saying: "Everything that has to do with collaborative consumption is absolutely on the rise." In 2010 the author Rachel Botsman wrote the book "What's Mine Is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption." Clearly Randy's vision is a global trend and now the concept is being applied to timepieces.
Did you enjoy the "motion blur" images of the Russian Roulette watch I attempted to take? Let's just say the process of capturing motion blur and taking pictures of watches don't go together all that well. In any event, I was glad to get some hands-on time with this new member of the Son of a Gun collection. In their own odd way, the collection is being refined and I think ArtyA is still having a lot of fun with these designs. If the idea of a watch with a bullet theme appeals to you, then this is perhaps your newest and best option yet. Price for the Son of a Gun Russian Roulette watch is 7,900 Swiss Francs in steel with the ArtyOr inserts (limited to 99 pieces) and 29,800 Swiss Francs for the solid gold versions that are each piece unique models.
Manchester United, the largest sports franchise in the world, and Bulova watches have just announced a new global partnership. Bulova has become the official timekeeper of the popular Manchester, England-based football (soccer) club (team). aBlogtoWatch was at the official ceremony at Old Trafford stadium recognizing the alliance between the two major brands. Bulova will not only find itself on the wrists of Manchester United team players, coaches, and other important staff, but will be prominently displayed at the stadium and related events.
The Egard Black Shade uses a 43mm case to house a skeletonized automatic movement. The watch is beautifully coated with sapphire crystal on both top and bottom to display the heart of the mechanism. With dominating black surfaces on the watch, the timepiece has a mysterious, almost sinister, feel. Egard utilizes a Japanese made movement from Miyota that looks beautiful skeletonized against the black watch face. I enjoy watching the escape wheel and balance wheel tirelessly working away through the layered front window of the face.
Those familiar with Rolex know that anything actually new, versus updated, with Rolex is a big deal. Not only does the Rolex Cellini have a new case, but it also offers the only dual time complication in the Rolex watch family. Arguably, this is similar to a GMT complication, but they are a little bit different as for many people a Dual Time watch is more convenient to read if you are merely interested in the time where you are and at home.
The next step was to pick a final dial…here was the grouping they chose from:
You can see the spring, and how it has small tabs in the case to keep it from rotating.
Some watch brands go over the top in their complications, but Arnold & Son revels in understated simplicity. The brand has made huge waves at Baselworld this year and one of the standout pieces was their UTTE watch. Ungainly name aside, it holds the record for the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement at just 2.97mm thick. Watch out, Piaget.
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Jacob & Co. has presented the Astronomia Tourbillon in a large-diameter 18k rose gold case with a bezel and crystal made out of a single piece of sapphire crystal. This allows for a full view of the dial from all angles. Also note the lack of crown, which means that it is either on the top of the watch or more likely somewhere on the back. The mechanical movement itself represents a rather small portion of the dial by design to allow for a vastness to the case and feeling that the four "planets" have a lot of room to move around. It will more than likely be manually wound.
Back in June we wrote about this watch, and today I'm pleased to present our review of a week with the Junghans Meister Handwinding ref 027/3200.00, courtesy of Junghans USA.
I am a man with rather large, well, hands. I find it difficult to purchase many watches I would love to add to my collection because my hands seem to dwarf a timepiece with a face smaller than 42-44mm. Is there a proper ratio of face size to hand size, or can the petite face co-exist with the full-handed man.